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City’s ‘crow zone’ causing car finish havoc

January 18, 2012
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ROCHESTER, MN — A downtown “crow zone” here has some residents looking for a quick carwash and good wax job, according to

The Jan. 14 edition of the Answer Man column answered questions about how much damage crow droppings can cause to a car.

The column stated that bird droppings are highly acidic and will definitely eat away a car’s finish if not cleaned.

But readers were warned to be careful when cleaning up the mess because the excrement can contain abrasive grit that causes more paint damage, the story noted.

Nick Hamersma, manager of a Simoniz Car Wash here, said in the story that the worst case scenario is the droppings leaving an imprint on a car’s paint and finish that may not polish out.